Searching Vajpayee in Modi

We can''t search the former in the latter when he is not there

Mir Imad Rafi
Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 28 2018 11:21PM | Updated Date: Aug 28 2018 11:21PM
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the most revered figures who moulded the 21st-century political discourse of Kashmir. He was the man who wanted to earn the faith of the people. With his passing away, we are left with his fond memories and unfailing optimism for peace, however, it cannot be called an end of an era, as it ended long ago the day he retired from active politics. It is undeniable that he wanted New Delhi to understand the pulse of Kashmir "insaniyat kay dairay mein", as Vajpayee would call it, but did it really move the power corridors of Delhi?  remains a question to this day. His successor Narendra Modi, who seemingly doesn’t subscribe to Vajpayee model of politics, believed in back-pedalling all that Vajpayee did in Kashmir. He felt it far too insulting in surrendering his muscular policy to the aspirations of the people. Brazen enough, to openly decline that he needs no advice on Kashmir to follow Vajpayee’s doctrine of Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat, BJP is not what it was the Vajpayee years. A victim of the politics of hate or the one to fuel that fire, the party doesn't see Vajpayee as its idol. Unfortunately, the regional parties in the Valley are sketching an image of Vajpayee in Modi, not realizing that he is his own version of a 56-inch chest thumping Prime Minister. Who from the ramparts of the Red Fort, has once again invoked the thought of embracing the people of Kashmir and rekindled the idea to walk with everyone. The enormity of tragedy and failure of humanity cannot get any worse, where one’s moral bankruptcy concedes all limits. Somewhere amongst the ashes of our failed aspirations, when the little shoots of hope were pushing themselves to sunshine, Modi’s false assurance comes as pack of lies, specially when the sword of abrogating Article 35 A is hanging over our heads, where his government is unresponsive in exuding confidence to the only Muslim majority state that graciously acceded to the nation rejecting the idea of separation based on religion. Modi is intelligent enough to understand Kashmir, knows the political climate here and the ripple effects of each his misadventures but certainly lacks the intent and political will to do any good.  Historically defying the Raj Dharam of his mentor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi’s past puts a lot to question, also the moral and administrative approach while dealing Kashmir. His doctrine of instilling muscular policy on Kashmir, that played havoc in the valley cannot be brushed aside either. The reflection of which can be seen in pushing the educated youth to the wall. Foreclosure of opportunity of dialogue, questioning the state’s special status, undermining the mainstream leadership has only added salt to the wounds. In this scheme of things, it is irrational to expect Modi to follow Vajpayee’s model of Kashmir more so when he did not feel it important to address Kashmir politically even after a regional political party popular for its soft separatism, conceded its voter base against a common sentiment, to allow BJP to work on ground in the Valley.



 Tail Piece:  The clouds of despair until this day only look darker.  The country is engulfed in a continued lynching culture, a BJP ruled state imposes restrictions on Muslims sacrificing animals, politics is being played on flood aid from a Muslim country and then there is Kashmir, which is Modi’s virtual chessboard. He certainly seems to be enjoying his game saga. Ultimately time will do the repair that he doesn’t want to attempt but searching Vajpayee in Modi is beyond shamelessness and limits of sanity. This goes for our regional mainstream parties too, who are still blindfold to find a reflection of Vajpayee in Modi.

Ye jabr bhi dekha hai taarikh ki nazron ne, 

lamhon ne khata ki thi sadiyon ne saza payi






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